Review: The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester

February 8, 2015 Review 36 ★★

Review: The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
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Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Won
Pages: 304
Release Date: July 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
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A love of fashion.

A couture competition.

A once-in-a-lifetime chance . . .

Angel Moncoeur has always wanted to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it's going to be a challenge. When an opportunity to leave her home in New York and head to Paris appears, Angel grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friend Lily. That can't be too hard, can it?

But faking things doesn't come easy for Angel, so when she falls in love with her very own Prince Charming and he thinks she's someone else, things start to get complicated.

Angel needs to stop her secrets unravelling if she wants to live happily ever after . . .

From exciting talent Jennifer Kloester comes this fabulous story about high society, mistaken identity, love, betrayal, friendship – and great clothes.
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It seems like ages ago that I entered a competition to win a signed copy of THE CINDERELLA MOMENT on a whim. I was interested in reading it, but not desperate for it because reading the summary it made me feel like it was a book I’d feel meh about. There was the chance that it could be amazing and become a nice, light book I’d reread and reread for fun, but after reading it I can say my first impression was correct.

THE CINDERELLA MOMENT reminds me of those romance chick flick teenage movies I don’t usually watch. A pauper to princess, let’s swap places with my rich best friend story. All these stories seem to have similar plot points and dilemmas, most kind of unbelievable. Every now and then the main character, Angel, would make a decision completely opposite to what you’d expect but 90% of the time you could tell where the story was going. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes it’s nice to read a light fluffy book like that and still enjoy it. The problem was I have no interest in fashion or anything.

I was mainly hanging out for the romance in this. Yes, I read a lot of fantasy and adventure books because I like fights and big conflicts, but a little romance-centric story is nice every now and then. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the romance in THE CINDERELLA MOMENT enough. It was so sappy at times and sappy is the one thing I cannot read unless I ship the characters ridiculously hard (in which case I will flail at anything they say to each other). Most of my dislike of this sappiness boils down to the fact that the characters had barely known each other for two weeks and were exchanging “I love you”. If they’d seen each other every day and really learnt a lot about each other, maybe then it wouldn’t be as annoying to me. Now let me say it wasn’t instalove however, it was just a romance that developed too quickly for my tastes. And Nick, the love interest, was actually a pretty good character so that was a big plus.

Despite being a typical chick flick type romance novel, I still found THE CINDERELLA MOMENT fairly enjoyable. It was a bit hard for me to invest myself in the plot as I have no interest in fashion or anything. There were also some generic characters and very predictable plot points. The main thing I wanted to enjoy in THE CINDERELLA MOMENT was the romance. While not being instalove, it did develop too quickly for my tastes which sucked because it had the potential to be really good.

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Overall: 2.1

36 Responses to “Review: The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester”

  1. Renee Bookboyfriends

    I read this too and I felt the same way for about the first 60% of the book…but that ending wow so climatic with a huge twist! I loved it and then seeing ow it all built up, I guess I focus more on the plot than the romance so I might have enjoyed it a bit more, plus I have a small interest in fashion. Glad that it was still sort of enjoyable to you and maybe one day you’ll read The Rapunzel Dilemma which is a companion novel and follows Lily. It’s got the same sort of feel but again WOW THE ACTION AND INTENSE TWISTS AT THE END!!!!! And I like Ronan more than Nick. :)
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    • Bec

      I’m glad the ending made the book for you! The plot was annoying me so unfortunately the end couldn’t make up for it, and I’m pretty sure I predicted the twist :/

      I have been seeing The Rapunzel Dilemma around! Haven’t decided if I’ll read it or not because I don’t know how I feel about Lily. But it sounds like you love it so much. Maybe I’ll get it out from the library some day :)

    • Bec

      It just needed something more. It wasn’t terrible, and I liked the fluff, but it wasn’t the best fluff I’ve ever read.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      Oh I love some predictable fluffy books! They’re best read in between big fantasy series. It’s fluffy books that make me squeal and act ridiculous over characters I ship hahaha. The Cinderella Moment just wasn’t quite on par with some other fluffy novels I’ve read unfortunately.

    • Bec

      I was really hoping it would have been a great surprise but no :( It was great for mindless fun, but was just lacking some things to make it really good mindless fun.

    • Bec

      Sometimes I love to return to Cinderella like books just to have something refreshing to read (you already know the outcome so you can just sit back and enjoy the characters and the writing). This just didn’t quite make it. The characters got on my nerves a little too often.

      It definitely won’t stop me! I love picking up contemporary romances every now and then and won’t let this turn me off :)

  2. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    Awh, no. It’s a shame that you weren’t keen on this one, Bec. But I can understand why. Not being interested in fashion + not being a fan of the relationship + unbelievable character? it sounds like a recipe for an incredibly ‘meh’ book, and I’m not surprised to see that it’s not on my TBR.

    Hopefully your next read is a good one! :D
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    • Bec

      That is exactly what it ended up being :/ My next read was a lot better if I remember correctly! It was a fantasy so much more up my ally :)

  3. Kelly

    That’s one of the reasons that I didn’t buy a copy of this one when the initial reviews came out, I love a cutesy romance, but this would have been fluffy without any substance for me too sadly. I love fashion, but being older, teen fashion goes right over my head unfortunately. Even being somewhat entertaining, I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you Bec, I hope your next read knocks your socks off <3
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    • Bec

      I couldn’t get behind the characters enough to find the romance fluffy or cutesy. Not understanding fashion at all didn’t help. My wardrobe consists of fandom related/character shirts and shorts. There is one dress in there I think which I only bought because I had a semi formal event to go to haha.

    • Bec

      I’m the same. Give me a fantasy with a nice side of romance and I will LOVE IT. Saying that there are times I am in the mood for a nice, simple romance book.

      Oh man, you have me so excited for ACOTAR now. I have an ARC I’ve been resisting until closer to the release date.

  4. Kirsty-Marie

    I can watch those movies when I feel like it, but read them? Nooooooooo. Unless it’s Kasie West.

    I can’t do sappy romances, unless I ship the characters either (and even then sometimes I’m just I’ll ignore you said that and forget about it. But haha two weeks before the I love you that’s….long. :/ Really don’t think this one’s for me, if I could ship the romance then I’d get through it but…no. Bad sappy romance.
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    • Bec

      I need to read Kasie West’s contemporary romances!

      Even if I ship the characters sometimes sappy is just TOO MUCH. If the romance in this was a little better I might have tolerated it more but it wasn’t :(

  5. Lakin

    I have had this book on my TBR pile on Goodreads for a while, but have never bought it. It sounded like it had potential. A little fluff is okay sometimes, but I have to be in the mood for it, so I’m not sure if I’ll be checking this book out anytime soon. Great review!
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  6. Bec

    It definitely had potential, but it just never met it :/

    Fluff is great to break up what I usually read, but year it’s best read when you’re in the mood for it.

    Thanks :)

  7. Ashana Lian .

    Aw. Sad to hear you didn’t like this book that much. It sounds cute, but too cute for my tastes… and I don’t like insta-love either. =/ Still, I’m glad I read this review to find out what the interested was all about.

    One more thing Bec, is the TBR Smash challenge going well for you? I hope it is. I created a TBR Smash Goodreads group so that we can all go to the same place to talk about our progress.

    Also, sorry I’ve been behind, I’ve just been busy. I will try to catch up on all the posts of this blog soon!!
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    • Bec

      Yeah it was just a bit too much, but also not enough? If that makes any sense.

      I joined the group! Thanks for letting me know about it :)

  8. Faye @ The Social Potato

    This sounds like one of those books that would appeal to a particular crowd but not me, that’s for certain. Haha. I feel like this is a story that is better watched than read though, for some reason. Reminds me of those Ella Enchanted stories, or the one with Anne Hathaway where she was actually a princess.
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    • Bec

      I probably would have had more fun watching it, definitely. Omg Ella Enchanted is such a good movie! I didn’t mind the book either, but they were quite different.

    • Bec

      See, I thought I was in the mood for a generic, predictable romance because I’d been reading fantasy after fantasy and was ready for a short break. But then this turned out to be not what I wanted :/ Sappiness makes it so hard to read.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      Thanks :) It would be a really good book to read if you’re looking for something short and quick like that.

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